Oceanside teacher fatally stabbed on birthday, suspect arrested

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. – A woman has been arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing an Oceanside physical education teacher on the morning of his birthday, authorities announced Friday.

Jennifer Ramos, 22, was arrested at her home Thursday. Although witnesses initially described the suspect as a male, Ramos’ appearance resembles that of the suspect description provided by witnesses, authorities said.

Chad Danielson, 45, was stabbed in the 500 block of Garfield Street on April 10, after going for a walk with his dog. He was taken to Palomar Hospital, where he died of his injuries, according to Tom Bussey of the Oceanside Police Department.

Oceanside Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Julie Vitale, described Danielson as an “incredible teacher at Jefferson Middle School, who worked hard to develop meaningful relationships with his students.”

Ramos is the sole suspect involved in the murder and was unknown to Danielson.

Detectives have identified no clear motive for the killing, according
to Bussey.

The victim is survived by his wife of 20 years and their son and daughter.

Friday afternoon, Danielson’s family released a statement praising him as a “kind, gentle and beloved family man” who was “tragically murdered on the morning of his birthday, with a table full of unopened birthday presents waiting for him to celebrate with his family.”

“It’s a random and senseless act that shattered an extremely close- knit family, a large and loving extended family, and is a profound loss for all who knew and loved him – including his students, parents, fellow teachers and the greater Oceanside community.”

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